Evening Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeak
(Coccothraustes vespertinus)

Order:  Passeriformes
Family:  Fringillidae

Male Evening Grosbeak
Photo © Robert Royse 

Evening Grosbeak Information

Length:  7.5 - 8.5"

Breeding habitat: Coniferous forests (preferred) and mixed forests.

Winter habitat: Deciduous and mixed woodlands, parks, residential areas.

Diet:  Seeds of deciduous trees, shrubs, coniferous trees; weed seeds, buds, small fruits and berries, some insects.

  Songs and calls of the Evening Grosbeak

Additional Information

Evening Grosbeak
Description, habitat, diet, nesting, and conservation status. (From BirdWeb)

Evening Grosbeak
Photos of male and female Evening Grosbeak (from Peter LaTourrette's Bird Photo Gallery)

Female Evening Grosbeak

By MDF [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], via WC

Evening Grosbeak
Identification Tips

  • Large, pale, conical bill
  • Short tail
  • Distinctive call note often given in flight
  • Frequently gathers in flocks
  • Yellow forehead, supercilium and body
  • Brown head and upperback
  • Black wings and tail
  • Large white patch in wing
  • Gray upperparts
  • Pale gray underparts
  • Black wings and tail
  • White patches in wings

Similar species
The male Evening Grosbeak is instantly recognizable. Females have large bills, short tails and distinctive call notes.

(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)

Evening Grosbeak
Breeding Bird Survey Map,

Evening Grosbeak Breeding Map

(Image credit: USGS)

Evening Grosbeak
Range Maps from Cornell

Evening Grosbeak nonbreeding and year-round range

Includes separate map of sightings.